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Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

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Comment by Loren Miller on May 22, 2016 at 1:10pm

Hope your four-legged buddy shows up soon, Randall, alive and well!

Comment by Randall Smith on May 22, 2016 at 7:08am

I'm a wee bit concerned--well, maybe somewhat more than a wee bit--about my missing dog. While going on our daily walk, she hung back to explore something. I kept walking as usual as she catches up eventually. Not this time. I went back to look for her, asked about her at several farm houses close by. Nothing. I've peered out the windows hundreds of time hoping she found her way back home.  I'll go out again today to look. She does have a "chip", so if she winds up at the Humane Society, I can be notified. Dang.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 22, 2016 at 1:50am

Thanks, Carl.

I've been in touch with the family and won't be leaving until Wednesday. They've already sorted out the funeral and there's nothing I can do to help.

I visited the Musical Instrument Museum which was very interesting and included saxes. It was also very warm and humid, for the sake of the wooden instruments I presume. Almost everything is closed on Mondays except for the Atomium. Perhaps you were there on a Monday?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 21, 2016 at 3:07pm

Ian, sorry to hear about your stepmum.  My condolences to your family. 

I've been to Brussels only once back in 1998 and it was only for one day.  I wanted to visit their saxophone museum but it was closed that day.  The saxophone was invented by Belgian Adolphe Sax in 1846.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 21, 2016 at 8:00am

Hello all. Have just returned from Brussels, which was nice but to the news that my stepmum has died so I only have time to turn round and get off again to England.

I visited Athens with my daughter a few years ago. I loved it. She thought - as teenagers do - that I was daft, getting excited over old stones.

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 17, 2016 at 10:12pm

Catching up... sounds like you had a wonderful trip, Randy!

About "What to think about machines that think", the discussion "Terminator movies too comforting" is worth revisiting! A super­human AI would likely not be either "good" or "evil" but rather ALIEN.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 17, 2016 at 12:48pm

Hi, Randy.  Welcome back.  Sounds like you had a great trip.  I would love to visit Greece and experience the food and the rich culture. 

It was frustratingly quiet on A/N while you were gone because of the prolonged connection problems, so you didn't miss much.  It seems to be working OK now.  Hi, everyone!

Comment by Randall Smith on May 17, 2016 at 6:59am

Q-M, perhaps it was Yanni. Soprano sax by anybody grates (on) my ear, brain, and senses. That's especially true of so-called "smooth jazz".

Comment by Plinius on May 14, 2016 at 3:08am

We'll see. I've spent hours trying to post messages this week, I hope thing will go back to normal.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 13, 2016 at 2:37pm

And once again, Atheist Nexus is back up.  Question is: how long will it STAY that way???

 

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